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From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

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Himself, narrator, interviewer (voice)
Nannie Jeter ...
Herself
Betty Chism ...
Herself
Dennis Whidbee ...
Himself
Elzie Hooks ...
Himself, inmate, Lexington Correctional Center
Robert Wilson ...
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Himself, journalist
Michael Correa ...
Himself
Gabor Mate ...
Himself
Charles Bowden ...
Himself
Mark W. Bennet ...
Himself, judge, Northern District of Iowa
Maurice Haltiwanger ...
Himself
Jim K. McGough ...
Himself, Maurice Haltiwanger's defense attorney
Eric Franklin ...
Himself, warden, Lexington Correctional Center
Don Walker ...
Himself, inmate, Lexington Correctional Center
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From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

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In the past 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer, and destroyed impoverished communities at home and abroad. See more »

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$16,453 (USA) (5 October 2012)

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$210,752 (USA) (8 February 2013)
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Our deadening country.
2 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Eugene Jarecki's frightening and important film is a thorough investigation of the prison industrial complex and the "war on drugs" i.e. the war on poor people. It's a fair and balanced look at how it subsidizes thousands of jobs and locks up millions of innocent people. Unfortunately he misses a key argument against this war: adults should have the right to sovereignty over their consciousness. Drugs are slightly demonized throughout- the fact that the drugs themselves are inherently good- its people with no self control that give them a bad name- is never explored. Regardless, this is a fascinating look into a sick society in a dead and deadening country. Recommended.


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